Two big tests await Ireland Under 20 women in next round of European Championships

first_imgThe Ireland Under 20women’s team have two big tests ahead of them in the coming days as Round 2 ofthe 2019 FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B tips off in Kosovo. Ireland completed theopening round of the tournament unbeaten, topping their group with wins overUkraine and Great Britain over the weekend. Now, they face into the secondround where they go head-to-head with Israel and Croatia on Wednesday andThursday respectively, with a spot in the semi finals up for grabs. Ireland face a trickytask against Israel in the first game, whose fast and aggressive game hasreaped big rewards for them to date. Point guard Dor Saar will be one of theplayers to watch for the Israelis, having put in a superb tournament to datefor her side and currently leads her team in efficiency per game, points pergame, assists per games and is leading the tournament stats for three pointers.Shely Sirkis and Romi Levi will also be key players for Ireland to close downinside on the day.Ireland meanwhile are not without their stars, and will look to the likes ofDayna Finn, Claire Melia, Sorcha Tiernan and Rachel Huijdsens to be on form onthe day, but with a huge depth of talent across the squad, head coach MartinConroy is hopeful that the women in green will have too much for Israel.“We’re really lookingforward to the challenge of this next round at the Euros and the game tomorrowagainst Israel,” he said. “The team is in great form and can’t wait for tipoff. Israel are a super team and play a fast-paced game and are very effectiveat getting to the basket, so we’ll have to try and counteract that and dictatethe pace of the game. They’re also quite strong defensively and look aftertheir boards very well, but while we have the utmost respect for them, we don’tfear them.“We’ve been playing somereally nice basketball since getting here, so we just need to focus now andstep up another gear to reach our next goal, and hopefully we’ll come out theright side of what will be a tough battle tomorrow.”Ireland takes on Israel at 3.30pm Irish time tomorrow (Wednesday). The gamewill be live streamed on the Basketball Ireland Facebook page, with liveupdates on the Basketball Ireland Twitter page (@bballirl).OFFICIALEVENT WEBSITE: VISRAEL – YOUTUBE LIVE STREAM LINK: U20Women’s Team Fixtures All times areIrish times Wednesday,August 7th Game 1, Round2Israel v Ireland, 15.30Thursday,August 8th Game 2, Round2Ireland v Croatia, 18.00Friday,August 9th Rest DaySaturday,August 10thClassificationSunday,August 11th ClassificationIRELAND UNDER20 WOMEN 2019 Alison Blaney, Trinity College Dublin, Maree BCAmy Dooley, Hobart & WilliamSmith Colleges (USA)Amy Murphy, Cork Collegeof Commerce, Brunell BCAnnaliese Murphy,University College Cork, Ambassador UCC GlanmireClaire Melia, TU DublinBlanchardstown, Portlaoise PanthersDayna Finn, NUI Galway, Maree BCEnya Maguire, UlidiaIntegrated College, Ulster University ElksLouise Scannell,Ambassador UCC GlanmireMaeve Phelan, Dublin CityUniversity, Pyrobel KillesterMaggie Byrne, NUI Galway, Maree BCRachel Huijsdens, TrinityCollege Dublin, DCU MercySorcha Tiernan, TrinityCollege Dublin, Courtyard Liffey Celticsprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img